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Phillies Trade Matt Rizzotti to Twins

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The Minnesota Twins have traded for Matt Rizzotti of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jeff Shuler of The Morning Call. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the deal is for cash considerations.

Rizzotti is a 26 year-old first baseman out of the Phillies' system. He was originally drafted in 2004 by the Minnesota Twins (46th round!), and again by the Phillies in 2007 (6th round). In five minor league seasons, Rizzotti has compiled an eye-opening .292 / .388 / .482, with 24 home runs in Double-A Reading last season.

The move potentially brings the first baseman back to the team that originally drafted him in the Twins, and might give the club another option if Justin Morneau, and presumably Chris Parmalee, don't work out.